Seniors Lean Towards Pharmaceuticals, Philosophy Post High School


Karley Glover

Taeya Martinez, Business Manager


As the cold weather and holidays approach, senior year is almost halfway over. First semester finals are drawing close, but they still have additional goals on their minds.

Having top notch grades is important to many students including senior Jake Allen. He hopes to end his high school career on a high note with the best grades he can get while balancing his school and work life. While these are significant aspects of his life, he hasn’t forgotten about his friends and family. “I’m making sure I’m spending time with the people I’m not gonna see much next year once I go away,” Allen said.

After his four year high school adventure at LHHS comes to an end, Allen doesn’t plan to stay in town. In the fall, he will be attending Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he will study pharmaceuticals to become a pharmacist in the future. He will miss how easy high school was since he expects a higher level of difficulty while furthering his education.

Although Allen claims he was not as involved in high school his first two years as he was in the last two, he still thoroughly enjoyed his high school experience. “This senior year I’ve made it a point to do all the things that I can especially with football and clubs.” Because of this, he encourages those coming into high school to do as many things as possible to keep busy. He also explained that there is no reason to be bored when “you could get a job or do whatever you are interested in.”

Still, he was a part of extracurricular activities. Allen has been a member of National Honor Society (NHS) since his sophomore year and also played football all four years of high school, on varsity for three of those. He even became a captain this past season. Although his plans for the future don’t include football, he still dreams of playing for NAU on a scholarship.

Similarly, senior Samantha Zilberman was a member of more than a handful of clubs throughout the years including Treasurer of the Spirit Line team, President of class 2019 for Student Council, secretary of Educational Tour Group (ETG) and now is Associative Student Body (ASB) secretary.

Without being as interactive in school as she is, her high school experience wouldn’t have been the same. Being involved gave her “an incredible knowledge of service, leadership and what it means to be a part of a community.” It also introduced her to some of her best friends while also bringing her closer to some she’s grown up with over the years. All these people she’s met and bonded with along with the memories they’ve shared is what she will miss most about high school.

Similar to Allen, Zilberman encourages those to stay busy like she has the last four years. Not only was she a part of various clubs, she also attended many school functions creating heads of memories that she will never forget. She still encourages to balance out all this time with friends, family and school work. “You get the most by trying to make that stability and by filling every spare moment doing something you truly love.”

This advice comes from an LHHS alumni who encouraged Zilberman to do the same: Zoe Festa-Woods, who graduated in 2017, had the greatest impact on her. Her advice helped her in getting the most out of high school. Without Festa-Woods’ helpful words, she doesn’t know what her high school experience would’ve turned out to be like.

With her future in sight, Zilberman plans to major in history and minor in philosophy at a four year university, although she has yet to decide on which one. Post College, she wants to attend law school. Zilberman has received a scholarship from United Blood Services for aiding in past blood drives as well as academic scholarships from schools she has been accepted to. As part of attending law school, she dreams of working as an international human rights lawyer for the United Nations in partnering with a non-profit organization to help those in need.

As their years at LHHS are slowly coming to an end, these seniors have many goals and aspirations for their future post graduation which is just six months away.